John Ogilby's Translation of Aesop's Fables,
[John Ogilby, translator]. Aesop. The Fables of Aesop
Paraphras'd in Verse: Adorn'd with Sculpture, and
Illustrated with Annotations. The Second Edition. By John Ogilby,
Esq; Master of His Majesties Revells in the Kingdom of Ireland.
London: Printed by Thomas Roycroft, for the Author, 1668. Second
edition (a reprint of the edition of 1665). Large folio (16.125 x
10.5 inches; 410 x 265 mm.). [2, title (verso blank)], [2,
dedication (verso blank)], 211, [1, blank] pages. Engraved
frontispiece portrait of Ogilby by P. Lombart after P. Lely (signed
P. Lilly), engraved plate of Aesop among his animals, and
eighty-one engraved plates illustrating the fables.
Illustrated with Numerous Engraved Plates
Contemporary calf. Engraved frontispiece portrait cut and mounted, with small paper repair in the lower right corner of the image. Some browning and occasional foxing; a few short marginal tears or paper flaws. A very good copy.
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More Information: "It may have been as the result of the success of his illustrated Virgil of 1654 and 1658 that Ogilby commissioned Clein to re-draw his designs in larger size and had the majority of them etched by H. This folio Aesop appeared in 1665. It has as frontispiece a bust of Ogilby by Lombart after Lely. Then comes the print of Aesop among the animals, followed by eighty-two Fables each with its illustration, except that nos 14 and 15 share one plate as before. Fifty-seven are by H.; all have the v. blank, and they are not included in the pagination. Copies of this edition may have been lost in the Fire, since three years later Ogilby issued a reprint, in folio, with the same plates. All the prints have the v. blank, and are not included in the pagination; and they are numbered in the lower margin. He also issued in this year, 1668, (the two works are usually found bound together) AEsopic's: or A second collection of Fables...Printed by Thomas roycroft for the author. This consisted of fifty new fables in which there seems to be more of Ogilby than of Aesop - he refers to himself as 'a Designer of my own Fables'; and Pepys had noted in his Diary for 27 June 1666: "I understand that Ogilby is putting out some new fables of his own, which will be very fine and very satyricall'... (Pennington, Hollar, page 52).
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